Plans for new biofuel plant on the edge of Lincoln

Plans for a gas to grid anaerobic digestion plant on land in Lincoln have been submitted to North Kesteven District Council.

Proposals would see the plant built on agricultural land off Heighinton Road, Canwick.

If approved, plans for the anaerobic digestion plant would include:

  • New road access
  • Weighbridge shed
  • Pre-treatment tank
  • Clamp store
  • Two feed hoppers
  • Two digestive tanks
  • Plant room
  • CHP unit
  • Gas flare
  • Pasteurisation unit
  • Separator
  • Lagoon
  • Gas upgrading unit
  • Propane tank
  • Grid entry unit (GEU)
  • Ancillary equipment

Anaerobic digestion is the process of breaking down organic matter such as animal or food waste to produce biogas and biofertiliser.

This happens in the absence of oxygen in a sealed, oxygen-free tank called an anaerobic digester.

In doing so, this reduces the volume of sewage or waste and makes it suitable for re-use as a renewable fuel.

Previously, a 550kw on-farm anaerobic digestion plant was proposed for this site in November 2015, however the application was withdrawn by developers in November 2016.

A number of similar sites already exist across Lincolnshire.

A planning committee at North Kesteven District Council will discuss proposals at a later date.